Pescara Airport is the only airport in the Abruzzo region of Italy, and handles approximately 400,000 passengers per year. Traffic figures recorded for the close of 2010 were around 461,000. In the years to come, Pescara Airport only expects their passenger numbers to increase, and the airport services to become even more popular. The city of Pescara is located just four kilometres from the airport, and is the capital city of the Abruzzo region. Due to Pescara Airport’s position on the peninsula, it is also commonly referred to as Abruzzo Airport. Passengers departing from Pescara Airport will find that the terminal building is modern and well equipped with a number of useful facilities, and that there are a few ways in which the airport can be reached.
The increase of traffic at Pescara Airport from the year 2000 is mainly due to the phenomenon of low-cost airline services, which began around this time. During this year, Ryanair started their airline carrier services, and today is known as the world’s most preferred airline company. Ryanair is particularly very active in Italy, serving twenty-two airports on the peninsula. Ryanair is the predominant airline company at most of Italy’s smaller airports. Ryanair has a fleet of 262 new Boeing 737-800, and will soon also be placing orders for new aircraft. They also currently serve 1,500 flights per day to their base airports, and have over 1,200 flights for 27 low fare routes. Ryanair serves a grand total of 160 destinations around the world.
Departing flights from Pescara Airport by Ryanair include the destinations of Beauvais, Cagliari, Girona, London-Stansted, Trapani, and of course, Hahn. Ryanair also provides some seasonal flights. Alitalia and Belle Air are another two airline companies at Pescara Airport, flying to Milan-Linate and Tirana. Air Transat offers seasonal flights to Toronto-Pearson.
Pescara Airport can be reached from a variety of transportation options, and from a few prominent roads and motorways that lead to many other major Italian cities. Rome is about 180 km from the airport, and travellers from this area will use the A25 Rome-Pescara Motorway to reach the airport. Bologna, another very important city in Italy, is a little further from Pescara Airport, at around 300 km away. However, many motorists enjoy the drive along the coastline from Bologna (A14), and stop off at the towns and cities along the way, such as Rimini and Ancona. Napoli is also about 180 km from Pescara Airport, and is linked by the A1, A3 and SS630 roads, as well as the SS509 and SS690. The airport is just a ten to twenty minute drive from Pescara itself, depending on traffic conditions.
The Bus No.38 provides transport from the Centrale Pescara Railway Station in the city, as there is no actual train station at Pescara Airport. Other long-distance coach services travel frequently to the airport from Rome and other popular areas. Another way to reach your destination is by Pescara Airport taxis if you are not too far away.
Pescara Airport consists of a single terminal building, which handles all domestic and international departures and arrivals. The ticket office is found in the departures area, and sells scheduled airline tickets (IATA) as well as low-cost airline tickets. It is open from 07:30 to 19:00 every day of the week, except on Mondays, when the office is open from 05:30. There is a VIP lounge at the airport, as well as a conference centre, with rooms of various sizes available for corporate functions. Equipment such as video projectors, amplifiers, Internet ADSL connections and DVD systems are available for use. There is a conference room seating 180 people, and a slightly smaller room seating up to 64 people. The full service bank of Banca Caripe is available for all financial transactions, as well as currency exchange services. Numerous shopping outlets and restaurants are found in the terminal building as well.
Passengers should ensure that they arrive in good time for their departure flight. While all airline companies differ in their check-in requirements, it is generally advised to get to the airport an hour before a domestic departure, and at least two hours before an international flight. Airplane tickets can be purchased directly from the ticket office at the airport, online, from the airline carrier’s website, or from travel agencies. A full-fare ticket is usually valid for a year from the purchase date, while a special-fare ticket is limited. An airline ticket may also not be transferred to another person.
Ensure that all your baggage is clearly marked, with your name, surname and address, and that it meets your airline company’s baggage size and weight requirements. This will depend on your airline company, and the class in which you are travelling. Babies under the age of two do not have their own seat, but will remain on the lap of their parent while on board. Their tickets are therefore are discounted, and may also carry luggage to the weight of five kilograms. There are also baby-changing facilities at Pescara Airport, and parents may bring baby strollers and other equipment to store in the hold. Special meals on board the plane can be requested when booking your ticket.
Pescara Airport welcomes disabled passengers, and has all the facilities required for their comfort. Further assistance may also be requested from the passenger’s airline company. Pescara Airport departures has a call centre for enquiries, open from 07:30 to 19:00. The numbers to call are 895 898 9512 from a fixed phone line, and 899 130 310 from a mobile phone. Flight departure schedules and additional information is also available from Pescara Airport’s official website, at www.abruzzoairport.com.